Plan Commission approves new west-side building

By: 
Bill Livick

By this time next year, a new dental office plans to be established on the village’s west side.

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously approved dentist Chad Mueller’s plan to build a 4,356 square-foot office at the corner of Alpine Parkway and Swallowtail Drive.

The single-story building will cost about $1 million to construct and will give Mueller more than three times the space he currently has at the corner of Park and Janesville streets. The Oregon native has had a practice in the village for 16 years.

“I practiced with another dentist outside of Milwaukee for a short time and then decided to come back to Oregon and hang a shingle announcing my practice,” Mueller told the Observer. “I had no customers here, so it was a big risk.”

When the village annexed land to make way for the Bergamont development about 10 years ago, Mueller and his wife bought the lot they’ll soon build on. They plan to break ground this spring and be open before the end of the year, possibly as early as September or October.

“Time’s gone by more quickly than we expected,” Mueller said, noting that the village also has grown more slowly in that time than he expected. “Our goal was to have more office space to better serve our patients long term. We’ve been planning the building for the past year-and-a-half.”

The building’s exterior is a combination of brick and stone veneer, with a residential roof form “that will transition nicely to the neighborhood areas to the south and east,” said village planner Mike Slavney in recommending the commission’s approval.

The new office will be on a parcel that’s a bit less than an acre, with parking for 20 automobiles and a bicycle rack.

In a memo to the commission, Slavney wrote that the design includes “good internal sidewalks … with a connection to the sidewalk on Swallowtail Drive.”

The plan calls for using only LED lighting, which commission member John Bieno said he appreciated.
The building “will be strictly our dental office,” Mueller said.

“I probably won’t be using all the space right now,” he added. “I’m a solo dentist, but maybe at some point I might look for an associate or a partner.”

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